Peter Ng Bik-kuen is the longest serving trainer at Sha Tin, with nearly three decades worth of experience coming into his final season. While it is taking all of the 65-year-old's veteran knowhow to keep Gold Racer up and running, the speedy type looks a solid pick as a banker in tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.
Gold Racer will be looking for back-to-back wins in the middle pin of the TT, with Ng having nursed his injury-prone gelding in between runs and looking to strike fresh off a healthy break once again.
The five-year-old has been limited to just five starts, a left front tendon injury ending his campaign last season, after the son of Danzero had finished runner-up and then broke his maiden sevens days later last December.
The injury flared up again this term, and Gold Racer was withdrawn from what would have been his third run this season with lameness - but that didn't stop the powerfully built sprinter from striking back for his second win over the city circuit's shortest course. Since then Ng has taken the weight off Gold Racer's legs with plenty of swimming and he comes into a Class Three contest against the usual candidates from gate seven, with a new jockey, Umberto Rispoli, replacing the suspended Howard Cheng Yue-tin.
Gold Racer had been placed right up on the speed in his first few runs, but last start showed he could let the leaders run away if they went too hard, and then finish off strongly. He gunned down leader Romantic City, who came out at his next start and franked the form with another all-the-way win.
The speed should be genuine again. At his first night riding at the Valley, Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin will be keen to find the rail and maintain the front-running style of Lifeline Elite, while Gold Edition (Tim Clark) and Super Fresh (Matthew Chadwick) could also create some pressure. That on-pace trio need to be considered, but the biggest danger to Gold Racer is Bundle Of Love (Douglas Whyte), although he will struggle to get a better run than the box-seat spot gifted to him behind Romantic City last start. He jumps from gate eight this time.
The first leg, a Class Four over the extended mile, is the hardest to sort out, but Real Dragon (Chadwick) can act as a banker.
The Tony Cruz-trained five-year-old was given no chance when stuck three wide with no cover last start from gate 10, but his form previous to that was solid and he drops into gate six against a weak field.
Go with Meridian Treasure (Gerald Mosse) from gate one as second pick, from Intellectualstride (Zac Purton), The Fast Lane (Olivier Doleuze) and Ray's Favourite (Tom Queally).
Manfred Man Ka-leung's Galaxy Prancer (Whyte) is the obvious standout in the anchor leg, a Class Three over 1,650m - having drawn one and with four third-placed finishes coming in.
My Home Town is an interesting runner, Derek Cruz utilising the 10-pound claim of Lui, but the apprentice needing to navigate from gate nine. He is a risk, but should be considered.
Jolly Fine (Mosse) is a course-and-distance winner and is drawn three, and he can drop back behind what looks a solid tempo.
Slick Bullet (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) and Horse Aplenty (Neil Callan) should sort the lead out, but if they don't cut each other's throats, they can both figure.
(2) Good Looking Watch, (4) Dynamic Cross, (6) Precision Magic, (10) Polygold.
(2) Surfer Boy, (3) Elephant Magic, (5) Young Talent, (12) Sugar Pegasus.
(1) Good Fellow, (3) Hollywood Kiss, (7) Travel Guide, (8) Record High.
(2) The Fast Lane, (4) Very Well, (6) Ray's Favourite, (9) Flora Danica.
(2) Bundle Of Love, (6) Gold Racer, (10) Super Fresh, (12) Serendipity.
(6) Horse Aplenty, (7) Slick Bullet, (8) Galaxy Prancer, (10) Magnumous.
(5) Beauty Lead, (6) Enabling, (10) Happy Tumbler, (12) Perfect Cheers.
(1) Sterling City, (2) Imperial Rome, (3) Simple, (5) Good Words.